Standoff at apartments ends peacefully

April 28, 2012 9:00:00 PM PDT
The standoff started shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, when Raleigh police responded to reports of an unwell man at Westgrove Tower Apartments in the 4700 block of Westgrove Street off of Blue Ridge Road. CLICK HERE FOR MAP

It ended peacefully at 11:30 p.m.

The man had reportedly barricaded himself inside his home, prompting concerned friends to call police about the 48 year old who lives on the first floor of the apartment complex.

Initial police efforts to make contact with him were unsuccessful.

Police said the man's friends were concerned for his well being, and police came to the apartments to forcibly take him to the hospital.

Suited up in protective gear, Raleigh police officers surrounded the Westgrove Tower Apartment complex. Some patrolled the building's roof.

Residents were kept from their homes for hours while vehicles were turned away from Westgrove Street.

One resident, Kristy Alston, said neither she nor her family was allowed to enter her apartment all day.

"I was leaving the building to go study," she said. "There were eleven cop cars, guys with rifles on and stuff, and there was a medic with a bullet proof vest on."

She said police told her a man claimed to have an assault rifle and a bomb inside the building.

"I guess that's why they've been telling people, if you stayed around, you have to leave. They didn't know how many weapons he had," said Alston.

Westgrove Tower resident Jeff Johnson said police told him that officers were attempting to communicate with the person in question.

"He's [the officer] saying, 'Come to the window, if you are there, so I know you are okay,'" said Johnson. "He's saying, 'I'll call you on your cell phone.' He says 'I have your cell phone number,' and something else about there's some people out here that care about you."

Police managed to find their way into the apartment through a window and safely removed the man.

He was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

Police have not released his identity and have not confirmed if he was armed.

They said he will not face charges.

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